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Living A Lie In the novel Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison a character known as the narrator goes through an eye-opening experience where he allows society to destroy his identity The narrator describes himself as an invisible man living in a displaced world where people do not notice him He becomes lost within the racial conformities of time affecting his transition to manhood It forces him to live a life as a lie in a world where he is not honest with himself insecure about his beliefs and confused about his identity Destined to be one of the prominent black men of America he succumbs to reality by conforming to the views of others As the novel develops the narrator uses dishonesty as a means to get what he wants in a world where values have little meaning His misconstrued virtue helps him cope with himself and society Determined to believe that they never see his true appearance he makes up stories about crime and violence At times the narrator would even argue with people he did not know to create a world he thought he could live in He conforms to the mindless games played upon him as a byproduct of his environment He finds his life misunderstood and unparallel to others he meets As the novel moves forward the narrator begins thinking of ways to return to college and make something of himself Aware of the fact that they kicked him out of school for unacceptable conduct he still believes his future is promising and nothing will stand in his way It is only when he finds out from Mr Emerson that he has been mislead that he comes to grips with his existence An existence that is nothing more than a shadow of his reality Soon he finds his beliefs are unrealistic and impractical He abandons his hopes of returning to college after realizing his dreams of ever
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